The Langley Academy Primary - "Outstanding" Ofsted 2018

Class Names


Class Names

As the school grows year groups will be referred to by a given attribute. Throughout the year children will learn more about the person that their class is named after.



Nursery are our youngest pupils, therefore they are referred to as ‘Pioneers’.


Morning Nursery is named Edwards: After Tracy Edwards MBE, who in 1989, skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Finishing second, they hold the record for the best result since 1977, the best ever result for an all-female crew and she was the first woman to be awarded Yachtsman of the Year.


Afternoon Nursery is named Peake: After Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to go on board the International Space Station, bearing a British flag patch. He is the first British person to fly into spaces without a private contract or foreign citizenship and the first Brit to participate in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). He was the first man to run the London Marathon from ISS treadmill.



In Reception, we want children to feel confident to be able to explore the world around them. Therefore, our Reception classes are named after Explorers, the three classes are: Cook, Hendrickson, Scott


Cook: Is named after James Cook, who was a navigator, naval captain and explorer. He discovered and charted New Zealand and Great Barrier Reef. He helped provide information for the first accurate map of the Pacific.


Hendrickson: Is named after Sue Hendrickson, who is a self-taught fossil hunter, marine archaeologist, adventurer and explorer. In 1990, she found the largest and most complete T-Rex to date. She has also found important fossils, artefacts, and shipwrecks around the world.


Scott: Is named after Robert Scott, better known as “Scott of the Antarctic”. He was a British Naval Officer and Explorer, who was determined to be the first person to reach the South Pole. Despite a difficult journey, he made it to the South Pole, only to find a Norwegian crew had beaten him there.


Year 1

Dyson: Is named after James Dyson, the British inventor, designer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known for the inventor of the cyclone bag-less vacuum cleaner. It took 5 years to design the vacuum cleaner and he had to set up his own company due to the UK market being unwilling to purchase his invention.


Braille: Is named after Louis Braille, the creator. Braille lost his eyesight due to a childhood accident. At the age of 15, he developed a code for the French alphabet. Braille characters are small rectangular blocks, which have raised dots. The arrangement of dots distinguish one character from another. Braille is read with the fingers rather than eyes. It can be used to read and write almost anything.


Hopper: Is named after Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist who led the development of COBOL – a high-level computing programming language. In 1928, she graduated in mathematics and physics. She developed a working computer, then went on to develop COBOL: In the 1950s a language that resembles English language rather than code. COBOL is still in use today.

Year 2

We want the children to appreciate that there are many forms of success and all subjects can unleash hidden potential. With this in mind, our Year 2 classes are named after 3 talented craftsmen. Each defined their own style and had the courage to follow their dreams; this attribute will help to empower our children to become the ‘best they can be’.


Da Vinci: Is named after the famous Italian artist, Leonardo Da Vinci. He was famous for painting portraits – including the ‘Mona Lisa’. As well as his art he is famous for many other sketches, including anatomy, flight, gravity and many other themes. This earned him the title of being a scientific engineer. His sketches show the understanding of the world through art.


Gaudi: Is named after Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect. His works are greatly influenced by nature. Much of his work can be seen in Catalonia, Spain. Gaudi was very innovative, incorporating vibrant colour and geometry, his style literally changed the style of architecture and building techniques. His buildings still seem very unique.


Morris: Is named after William Morris, an English designer. He became particularly interested in interior design and furnishings as he wanted to decorate his own home. Following on from his personal success, he opened a business specialising in creating domestic furnishings, including embroidery, furniture, tiles and wallpaper. Morris also wrote and published poetry, moreover he founded a publishing house.


Year 3

To develop the children’s understanding of equality and fairness we have selected 3 campaigners who were committed to challenging the ruling party for change. In this ever shrinking world, it is important that we encourage the children to develop their sense of ‘fairness’, not to take anything for granted and appreciate that change is always possible. It is essential that staff focus on the works of these campaigners whilst remaining politically neutral.


Gandhi: Is named after the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi led non-violent protests to improve the lives of poor people in India. He encouraged people to protest peacefully to change things they didn’t believe was fair. His approach is summarised in this quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”


Mandela: Is named after Nelson Mandela. He is now seen as an advocate for Human Rights, freedom and peace. He campaigned for equal rights and an end to apartheid. He is famous for being held in captivity 27 years then becoming South Africa’s first Black President. He considered education to be very important and this is summarised by: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


Pankhurst: Is named after Emmeline Pankhurst. She campaigned tirelessly to earn the right for women to vote. She founded a number of organisations, including Women’s Social and Political Union, whose members were referred to as ‘suffragettes’. As a result of her work, in 1918, women over 30 and property owners were given the right to vote. In 1928, the voting age for women was changed to match that of men. She died shortly afterwards.


Year 4


The classes are named after musicians. We want the children to appreciate that all subjects in school are important. We recognise the importance of creative arts. Music is a universal language and the children will learn about different styles of music and the lives of the musicians.


Mae: Named after Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, known professionally as Vanessa-Mae. She is a British violinist. Her music style is self-described as "violin techno-acoustic fusion", as several of her albums feature the techno style with the classical style. A former child prodigy, she became a successful crossover violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest young entertainer in the United Kingdom in 2006. She is also a professional skier and competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Williams: Named after the American composer, conductor, and pianist John Towner Williams. He is considered as one of the greatest American composers of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognisable, film theme tracks, including the Star Wars series. Williams has also composed numerous classical concerts and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual.


Wonder: Named after Stevie Wonder, who is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is a successful popular musician and reportedly one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century. His music is characterised by his funky keyboard style. Stevie Wonder is blind and hasn’t allowed this to limit the development of his talents.